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SSP (Vigilance) summoned in contempt case
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 18
The court of the Additional Sessions Judge, Mr S.M.S. Mahal, has issued summons to Mr Naunihal Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police (Vigilance) here, in connection with a contempt petition under Section 15(2) of the Contempt of Courts Act 1971, filed by the Model Town Extension Club through its president Dalip Kumar Sareen.

In the petition, the applicant club, while pleading that a reference be made to the Punjab and Haryana High Court for awarding punishment to the respondent (SSP) for committing criminal contempt of court, narrated that a false and baseless complaint was lodged with the city police in which the applicant club, its office-bearers and officials of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust were charged with hatching a conspiracy which had led to the grabbing of 700 square yards of land on Dugri Road here.

During the inquiry proceedings, conducted by Mr Naunihal Singh, the then SP (City) here, the parties concerned produced copies of judgment and decree in a civil suit decided by Mr S.S. Gupta, then Sub Judge I Class here, in February 1995 and copy of the judgment and decree in a civil appeal decided by Mr B.S. Mehndiratta, Additional District Judge, in December 1999 by virtue of which the controversy relating to the said plot of 700 sq yd was finally and conclusively decided between the applicant club on one side and the State of Punjab, Improvement Trust and Collector Ludhiana as well as other public officials on the other.

The civil court had recorded specific findings after long adjudication of the matter that the property in question was not a public property and the said piece of land was never owned by the improvement trust. The court further decreed that the applicant club was the owner in possession of the said land.

However, after conducting an inquiry and studying the documents produced before him, the then SP (City) got a criminal case registered against the club and its office-bearers in Model Town police station here in January 2003 with the observations that the judgments by civil courts were “procured” by the petitioners by misrepresentation and concealment of material facts and further that these judgments had no “value”.

The petitioner represented that a judgment or a decree of the court could only be set aside by the superior court and the same was binding between the parties and no authority or officer, whosoever high, could comment upon the judgment of the court by saying that since it had been obtained by misrepresentation, it had no value and then to act against the same in wilful disobedience of the same.

If such a situation was allowed to prevail, the applicant maintained, then every day parties, after final adjudication of disputes by civil courts, would approach police officials, who would ignore such final and conclusive findings of the courts and would register criminal cases in disobedience of the judicial verdicts, which would be tantamount to the police officers investigating into the minds of the judges.

Such a situation would lead to complete chaos and anarchy, as the majesty of law would come to disrepute and be seriously damaged with dangerous consequences. The petition observed that the law of contempt had been enacted to uphold the majesty of law and the respondent being a person of the disciplined police force, made the offence of contempt of court even more grave. The case would come up for next hearing on May 27.



Land grab case takes new turn
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 18
The Daba Colony land grab controversy has taken a new turn with the owner of the land claiming that the plot in question was his ancestral property and his claim was vindicated by the revenue records.

Mr Ram Singh Gill, owner of the plot, claimed the revenue records did not mention any lanes and alleged it were the area residents who were causing the trouble. He said they had got all records checked from the SDM (West), who had given them a clean chit and clarified that there were no lanes passing through the plot.

Showing a copy of the revenue records, Mr Gill claimed that in February, 2004, the SDM had asked the SSP to allow them to construct a wall as some area residents were creating nuisance.

Tension gripped the area on Saturday when hundreds of residents of the area staged a demonstration against the construction of a boundary wall on the plot alleging that the owners were encroaching upon a street earmarked by the Municipal Corporation and the District Town Planner.

The construction was stopped by the owner after the protest. Mr Gill, however, said the construction would start soon. They had demanded police protection for the purpose. He added they had written to the SDM and the SSP in this regard.

Mr Gill further alleged that the area councillor was misguiding the residents.

The area councillor, however, denied the allegations saying that the Municipal Corporation had, in 1985, made an announcement about the laying of lanes in the area. He alleged that at that time the owner of the land did not object to the plan. He further stated that the lanes were still mentioned in the records of the MC. He said he would oppose the construction of the wall and would support the residents in case they held a dharna.

Mr Gill refuted his claims on the plea that if the provision had been on the records for the past 20 years, why the MC did not construct the lanes till date. He said they had not sold the land to any school owner as was being alleged by the residents.

Sources in the police said the matter was being inquired into. They said it was strange that the MC had not taken any action over the issue during the past so many years and when the construction had started, it was being made an issue.

The residents had been claiming that the wall would block the street completely and the value of their land and houses would be affected and they would have to travel a long distance to reach their houses. They said it was a four-acre piece of land, where the colony was developed. The houses had come up in the area rapidly as the developers claimed that provision for streets had been approved for the colony.



Poor showing by govt schools
Deepkamal Kaur

Ludhiana, May 18
Government schools in the district have put up a poor showing in the middle examination conducted by the Punjab School Education Board this year as a majority of them have not been able to get 50 per cent result.

All 11 students of Government High School, Salempur, failed. Only one student each of Government High School, Gag Kalan, and Government Middle School, New Subhash Nagar, passed.

Three students each of schools at Daudpur, Jeerakh, Ladian Khurd, Khwajke Singhan, Akalgarh and Gosal passed. A total of 104 of the 137 students of the Government Senior Secondary School at Basti Jodhewal, failed. The papers of the 10 remaining students of the school had been cancelled by the board.

A total of 89 of the total 115 students of Government Senior Secondary School, Dhamot village, failed. Similarly, 81 of the total 95 students at Government Co-educational High School, Qawaddi, failed. While 44 of the 57 students of the Government Senior Secondary School at Behlolpur failed, 62 of the 95 students of the Government School at Doraha failed.

Of the 77 students of Government Senior Secondary School, Dhanansu, 42 failed. Of the 35 students of the Government High School at Kot Gangu Rai, only 10 passed. Seven of the 20 students of the Government School at Ghalib Ran Singh passed.

Many students who had passed had failed in mathematics or social studies. Government High School at Kalsian, Dakha and Shahjahanpur, Bhai Isher Singh Memorial Government High School and Government Senior Secondary School, Uttalan, had a pass percentage of 100.



Life term for causing wife’s death
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 18
Mr Baldev Singh, Sessions Judge, has sentenced Nishan Singh of Dhurkot village to rigorous life imprisonment on the charge of causing the death of his wife, Balwinder Kaur, in 2000. A fine of Rs 10,000 was also imposed upon the accused.

Delivering the verdict, Mr Baldev Singh held that the prosecution had proved the guilt of the accused beyond doubt. The judge declined the plea of leniency raised by the accused. Initially, the accused was booked under Sections 323, 324 and 325 of the IPC, under the charge of causing grievous injuries to his wife, at the Raikot police station on May 14, 2000, following the complaint of Ms Balwinder Kaur.

The complainant had stated that since marriage, her husband had been living with her at her parental house and looking after their property.

She had added that a month prior to the occurrence, he had started pressurising her to sell her share in the property, with the plea to invest the money in some business, but she had refused, due to which he had got annoyed.

She had stated that on May 14, he again insisted on selling the property and on her refusal, he got angry and hit her with an axe on her head and arm.

After some days, her condition started deteriorating and she was admitted to a neurocentre at Ludhiana. Her wounds had got infected, which led to poisoning, and she succumbed to injuries.

The police had booked the accused under Section 302 of the IPC. During trial the accused had pleaded not guilty. Convinced with the evidence and arguments, the court found the accused guilty.



Those who couldn’t vote

The following names have been found missing in the voter’s list during parliamentary election: Rachhpal Singh, Parkash Kaur, Gurmehar Singh, Pushpinder Singh and Harpreet Kaur, 545, Urban Estate, Phase-II, Dugri Road; Sukhminder Singh and Kulwinder Kaur, 19-D, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar; Dr G.S. Anand, Dr Mohinder Kaur and Santosh Kumar, Dugri, Phase-I; Krishan Kumar Joshi, Rakesh Rani and Rupesh Kumar Joshi, 1233, Raikot Road, Mandi Mullanpur and Tarlochan Singh, Gaganjot Singh and Ramanjot Singh, 506/2, Housefed Complex, Bhagat Singh Nagar, Pakhowal Road; Harnek Singh, Kulwinder Singh, Narinderpal Kaur, Joga Singh and Surinderjit Kaur, plot No. 68, Rattowal Chowk, New Abadi Akalgarh, Air Force Halwara; Amarjeet Singh, Paramjeet Singh, Jasminderjeet Singh and Taranjeet Kaur, kothi No. 259, Phase-II, Urban Estate, Dugri; Gurmel Singh, Amarjit Kaur, Kuljinder Kaur and Gurpreet Singh, 11-Ranjit Nagar, Ferozepore Road; Monika Jindal, B-IX/1267, Rupa Mistry Street; Harsimrat Kaur, 40-A, Model Town Extension-II; Tej Pal Singh, Rajwinder Kaur and Gaganpreet Singh, 50-Aman Nagar, near Samundar Fabrics, G.T. Road, Jalandhar Bypass; Surender Pal Bajaj, Sushma Bajaj, Sanjay Bajaj, Vimmi Bajaj, Sumeet Bajaj and Preeti Bajaj, 2746//1, Gurdev Nagar; Chanan Singh, Balbir Kaur, Sukhvinder Singh and Gulshan Kaur, 215-D, BRS Nagar; Ranjit Singh Bilkhu, Gurmeet Kaur and Ravinder Singh Bilkhu, 907/21, Malerkotla Road; Jai Parkash Mishra, Sarita Mishra, Arun Kumar, Mamta and Naveen Kumar Tiwari, 9699, Joshi Nagar; Virendra Lalit Sehgal, 406, GTB Hospital Campus, Shastri Nagar; Anand Sagar Jain, Sneh Lata Jain, Suresh Kant Jain and Poonam Jain, B-VIII/23, Naya Mohalla; Charanjit Rai Bassi, Parveen Bassi, Sarvender Bassi, Anju Bassi, Ashu Rana and Ravinder Rana, B1-824/1, Prem Nagar, Bindraban Road, Civil Lines; Harbhajan Dass and Neelam, 45-1, BRS Nagar; Ravinder Singh Chohan, Gurmit Kaur Chohan, Jagmit Kaur Chohan, 159, Narotam Nagar, Khanna; Ashwani Kumar Dutta, Kanchan Dutta and Nisha Dutta, 6865, Sunil Park, Jassian Road, Haibowal Kalan; Shiam Sunder, Kailash Sharma, Rachna Sharma, Vinod Kumar, Sunita; 111, New Punjab Mata Nagar, Pakhowal Road; Gurparkash Singh, Upkar Kaur, Simratpal Kaur, Paramvir Singh, VPO Dakha; Dr Jagir Singh Sandhu, Ms Harpreet Kaur Sandhu and Mr Manpreet Sandhu, Ward no. 1, Lalhari Road, Khanna; Dr M.S. Sultan and Farhat Sultan, 113, Hathi Complex, PAU; Dr Nitin Malhotra and Dr Vineeta Malhotra, 908/4, Tagore Nagar-A, Civil Lines; Baljit Singh Gill, Jaspinder Kaur Gill and Ramandeep Singh, 968-C, Phase II (W) Urban Estate, Focal Point; Uma Shankar Monga, Rekha Monga and Anu Monga, HJ-33, Punjab Housing Board, BRS Nagar, Ferozepore Road; Dr Kanwaljit Singh and Dr Gulsharn Kaur, 52 New Lajpat Nagar; Manuj Mehta and Sandhya Mehta, 550-B, Model Town Extension; Darshan Singh, Surjeet Kaur, Balvinder Kaur, Gurdev Singh and Gurdev Kaur, 202, Urban Estate, Phase-I, Dugri; Charanjit Singh, 186-A, Rajguru Nagar; Jagdev Singh, Jaspal Kaur, Paramdeep Singh and Mandeep Singh, 2608, Punjab Mata Nagar, Pakhowal Road; Mulkh Raj Singh and Harjit Kaur, Sant Colony, Amloh Road; Raj Pal Singh and Paramjit Kaur, V. Manak Majra, PO Fatehgarh Sahib; Jaswinder Singh Lotey, 290/27, Chandigarh Road, Khanna; Anil Seth, Neelam Seth, Saurabh Seth and Gaurav Seth, 120, Janta Enclave, PO Gill; Dr Raghvir Singh and Sukhjit, 4025, Main Road, Haibowal Kalan; Dr Digvijay Singh and Shailja Singh, 18-GF, Block-E, MIG Flats, Rishi Nagar; Tarun and Varun Gupta, 187 Aggar Nagar Enclave, Barewal Road; Dr Kanwaljit Singh and Dr Gulsharan Kaur, 52, New Lajpat Nagar; and Amardeep Kaur, 19-Ranjit Nagar, Barhewal.




SPECULATION is rife in the city over the probability of a Punjabi, Dr Manmohan Singh’s possibility of becoming the first Sikh and the second Punjabi to become the Prime Minister of India. The satta bazaar is hot with those betting on the probability of Mrs Sonia Gandhi being won over by her party colleagues and the coalition partners into accepting to become the first Prime Minister of the country having a foreign origin. Many from among those who voted for the outgoing Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, have now reconciled to the fact that the BJP is out of power, but are glued to their television sets to see who would replace him.


Elections had brought relief to the city residents as following a directive from political masters no challans were being issued to traffic violators. The police officials had issued orders to officials at all the police stations and police posts to submit challan receipts in the traffic police office till the election results were out. Grapevine had that it was a populist measure to woo voters. Well the policy did not seem to have worked as the city residents did not oblige the party in power. And no sooner did the election results come out, the challan books were out with new gusto. One just wishes for the people on the vehicles that the elections days should come more often.

Harassed for being right

A city engineer, who has earned some sort of acclaim for himself from his interest in astrology, is today a harassed man. Ever since Mr Vinod Gupta’s prediction about Mr Vajpayee facing problems in the just concluded poll turned out the be correct, he is being chased by politicians, bureaucrats and top industrialists asking him to have a peep into their futures. Top echelons in the corridors of power in the Punjab and Civil Secretariat have been pursuing him relentlessly much to his discomfort and the unhappiness of his family. He and his family now accept that they have to pay some price for the recognition he has gained. Commenting in the present political scenario he says, it would be better for Mrs. Sonia Gandhi if she refuses to become Prime Minister and adds that Mr Vajpayee and the BJP would bounce back towards the end of this year.

Lack of bus shelter

The mercury is soaring high and the heat is unbearable. Still, hundreds of commuters are forced to stand under the sun for a long wait of public transport buses. One can see employees both government and private as well as students standing at the open bus stops. Some can be seen covering their heads with files or notebooks to escape the wrath of the sunrays. People huddle under the shade of trees, which are not too many, for some relief. But the civic officials have not lost any sleep over the plight of these residents. Interestingly, one see showpiece rain-sun shelters near Park Plaza Hotel and at a few other places where nobody uses them but where the shelters are urgently required. No one has taken any initiative for the comfort of the masses.

— Sentinel



ABVP condemns Sonia as PM
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 18
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has said it will not accept Ms Sonia Gandhi as Prime Minister of India because of her foreign origin.
Speaking at a press conference, Sandeep Kapoor, vice-president of the ABVP, Punjab, said the country got independence from the British after much struggle. He said the country should be ruled by an Indian. Sacrifices of the freedom fighters would lose value if Sonia Gandhi becomes the Prime Minister of India, they said.

Mr Kapoor said in Italy and other developed countries, a person of foreign origin cannot hold the key post, and this should not be allowed to happen in India. He said the Congress did not declare Sonia Gandhi as its prime ministerial candidate before the elections for the fear of non-acceptance from the public.

Mr Rajat Sood, Ludhiana unit president, said the ABVP would observe “Shame Day” if Sonia Gandhi takes oath as Prime minister of India and would keep a fast for one day. He also appealed to other organisations to join hands with the ABVP. Navneet Sharma, Jayant Khera, Sumedha, Balpreet, Manpreet, Rohit Sharma, Mohit, Harsh, Vikas and other students were present at the press conference.



YC reacts to anti-Sonia chorus by BJP
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 18
Activists of the Youth Congress have taken strong exception to the verbal campaign by senior BJP leaders against the AICC President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, in the wake of preparations by the Congress to form the next government at the Centre.

The secretary of the Punjab Youth Congress, Mr Varun Gandhi, said here today the BJP leaders were frustrated over the defeat of the NDA in the Lok Sabha elections and they were out to give vent to their anger by making accusations against Ms Gandhi. Ms Sushma Swaraj and Ms Uma Bharti, in particular, were resorting to meaningless gimmicks to gain cheap popularity and draw political mileage from a non-issue, he said.

Mr Mehta maintained when the electorate had given their verdict in favour of the Congress with Ms Sonia Gandhi as its leader, the BJP functionaries had no business to object to any one from the Congress becoming the next Prime Minister.



Residents’ plea on misuse of parks
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 18
Residents of Model Town Extension have urged the Municipal Corporation to save the city parks and the leisure valley, being developed along Sidhwan Canal in the colony, from misuse by unlawful occupants.

In a memorandum submitted to the MC administration, the Citizen’s Welfare Council of Model Town Extension C-Block said the leisure valley as well as other parks in the colony were under threat from unlawful occupants and slum-dwellers in the locality, who were putting these public places to gross misuse.



Workshop on milk processing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 18
A four-day training programme on the processing of dairy products got underway here today.
Dr G. S. Padda, Head, Department of Food Science and Technology, said 14 officers of the rank of Deputy Directors, Dairy Development Officers and Inspectors were attending the course. The course, which would conclude on May 21, would impart intensive practical training for the processing of traditional and modern dairy products like flavoured sterilised milk, cheese, whey beverages, chhana kheer, sandesh, curd, lassi, yoghurt, cream, butter, ghee, kulfi and ice creams. 



14 booked for murder bid
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 18
On the statement of Puppy, a resident of Manak Pur village, the Sadar police has registered a case under Sections 307, 324, 354, 452, 148 and 149 of the IPC against Nahar Singh, Sony, Baldev Singh, Bachittar Singh, Bittu, Swarana and Pali, residents of Malakpur village, and seven other unidentified persons.

The complainant had stated that the accused came to his house on Sunday and attacked him with iron rods and sticks with the intention of killing him. He was seriously injured in the attack and had to be admitted to the Civil Hospital. The accused are absconding.

Minor raped: The division number 7 police has registered a case under Sections 342, 376 and 506 of the IPC on the statement of a resident of Preet Nagar, Tajpur Road, against Balwinder Singh, alias Baldev Singh, who works in Guru Ravidass Hospital located in the same area.

The complainant had stated that her 16-year-old daughter had gone to see her uncle who lives close to the hospital, on May 8. The accused forcibly took her into the hospital and raped her, added the complainant. No arrest has been made so far.

Murder: The Salem Tabri police on Monday registered a case under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Partap Singh, who lives in the main street of Karabara, against unidentified person(s).

The complainant had stated that a person named Ashok Kumar, aged about 45, was living in a rented accommodation in Karabara mohalla. The accommodation was owned by a widow, Ms Charanjit Kaur. On Monday, he and some other persons noticed foul smell emanating from the room of Ashok Kumar. When they opened the room, they found him dead, probably strangulated using a pillow. The police is still clueless about the murder.

Boy dies in mishap: The Sarabha Nagar police on Tuesday registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC on the statement of Mr Mata Parshad, a resident of Sheikh Colony, near Master Karnail Singh Nagar, against an unidentified driver of a vehicle that allegedly hit his son, Lachhman, near a milk plant on the South City road and fled the scene on Sunday. The boy died on the spot.

Dowry cases: The police on Monday registered a case under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC on the statement of Ms Ranjita Malhotra, who lives in Meena Bazar area, against her husband, Sanjiv Malhotra, and in-laws, Pushpa Malhotra, Ashwani Malhotra, Suraj Malhotra and Reetu Malhotra, residents of Batala, Gurdaspur district.

The woman had alleged that the accused had been harassing her after her marriage in November, 2001, and demanding more dowry. No arrest has been made so far.

The Salem Tabri police on Monday registered a case under Sections 406, 498-A, 506 and 120-B of the IPC on the statement of Ms Saena, who lives in Manjit Vihar in Aman Nagar, against her husband Sunil Kumar, and mother-in-law, Kaushalya Devi, who live in street number 3 of Mubarakpur Camp at Rajpura in Patiala district and six other in-laws.

The woman had alleged that the accused, after her marriage in May, 2002, had been harassing and threatening her for dowry. No arrest has been made so far.

Fraud alleged: The division number 6 police on Monday registered a case under Sections 420, 468 and 471 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Rajdeep Singh, a resident of Model Town, against Gurdial Singh, a resident of the same locality.

The complainant had stated that he was a manufacturer of cycle parts and tubes and the accused had been using his trademark without obtaining his consent. No arrest has been made so far.

Cases of assault: The division number 6 police on Monday registered a case under Sections 323, 324 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Manpreet Singh, a resident of Dashmesh Nagar, against Ankush Sharma, a resident of C Block in Phase IV, Focal Point, and three other unidentified persons.

The complainant had stated that the accused waylaid him near Military Camp on Monday and beat him up and injured him with sharp-edged weapons. The accused also threatened him before running away, added the complainant. No arrest has been made so far.

On the statement of Ms Paramjit Kaur, a resident of Rania Colony, the Sadar police on Monday registered a case under Sections 341, 323 and 506 of the IPC against Pinky, daughter of Mr Nirmal Singh, a resident of Rania village.

The woman had alleged that the accused had stopped her on the way on the evening of May 13, beat her up and also threatened her. No arrest has ben made so far.

Poppy husk seized: The Koom Kalan police on Sunday arrested Lakhvir Singh, a resident of Machhian Kalan village, from Garhi Fazal village and seized 15 kg poppy husk from his possession. He has been booked under the NDPS Act.

Liquor seized: The division number 6 police on Monday arrested Rajinder Kumar, a man hailing from Himachal Pradesh and living in Shimla Puri, and seized 12 bottles of liquor from his possession. He has been booked under the Excise Act.

The Jodhewal police on Monday arrested Ram Singh, a resident of Rajowal village, and seized 19 bottles of illicit liquor from his possession and booked him under the Excise Act.


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